Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope

(718) 398-3100


Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope

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Special Office Hours

 Monday:    2:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 Tuesday:    8:30 am - 7:00 pm
 Wednesday:    9:00 am - 7:30 pm
 Thursday:    8:30 am - 7:30 pm
 Friday:    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Saturday:    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
 Sunday:    Closed
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About Us





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Dr. Peter Sansone is a graduate of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, Pepperdine University and Wagner College. He is Webster Certified, a successful technique for expectant mothers carrying breach babies which treats the pelvic region to help turn the baby. He has 30+ years practicing Cox Technique and McKenzie Protocol, both tried and true methods to treat herniated discs and help patients avoid back surgery. Dr. Peter has two other specialties, the first being sports medicine and rehabilitation, the other is treatment of both acute and chronic TMJ (‘jaw’) dysfunction. Additionally, Dr. Peter has lectured before medical physicians in his field of expertise, and is a former adjunct professor of the health sciences in undergraduate colleges. He has acted as clinic director of several clinics and he is a most welcome addition to our staff of highly qualified chiropractors and acupuncturists.

Dr Karen A Thomas, Doctor of Chiropractic, Licensed Acupuncturist is a 1987 graduate of the New York Chiropractic College and maintains a thriving private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her post-doctoral credentials include: a diplomate in chiropractic neurology from Logan Chiropractic College and The Carrick Institute, and certification in homeopathy from New York Chiropractic College.

In 1998, Dr. Thomas added traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture to her qualifications when she completed a four-year program at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. She creates and teaches programs on complimentary alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to pain management. She has served as a college lecturer and has also worked with multi-disciplinary clinics.

What happened to our flexibility?

Essentially, we stopped falling. As children, you are able to fall with very little consequence compared to being an adult; this serves as an example of how our youthful, pliant muscles keep us agile and supple and less prone to injury. Then something happens- as adults we are taller, heavier and a fall hurts more. We take on responsibilities that cause us to move less; we forget how to sit, stand and move with good posture and all this is set against the backdrop of natural degeneration of our body's structures that comes with age. As we let ourselves go down this dangerous road, flexibility starts to fall away, our muscles become less pliant and we become more vulnerable to injury from seemingly innocuous movements: the twists, turns, lifts, dips, grabs and reaches, many of which are subconscious, that define our daily existence. But it doesn't have to be this way!

Flexibility of the mind leads to flexibility of the body

Keeping an open, flexible mind allows us to remain open to new ideas- for example, taking on a simple stretching routine that will negate much of the harm caused by sitting too much. No matter how inflexible you may feel, you can start adding flexibility into your life bit by bit, if only you know where to start. Here is an idea for an easy routine that will help you get started today:

Gentle twist

Upper shoulder stretch

Chest stretch 

Are you selling your flexibility short by not stretching?

At your Park Slope chiropractor, we know that keeping muscles pliant and flexible is one of the best ways to keep ourselves in a state of fitness as we age. In fact, it can make the difference between an old age of chronic pain and one of independence. Let's stop the stiffness today! Give our office in Brooklyn a call to schedule an appointment today. 

Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C.

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A useful and fun way to add more movement into your nightly routine? Yes, please. Use the power of yoga to turn your down time into something healthy. Child's pose has a variety of health benefits and is particularly useful for people suffering from lower back pain. 

Child's pose: How to

  • Kneeling on floors with knees touching and buttocks resting on the feet
  • Exhale and lower your torso over the thighs
  • Touch forehad to the ground 
  • Lift buttocks slightly and stretch arms over the head
  • Touch your palms to the floor until you feel shoulder blades stretching
  • Stay in this position practicing deep breathing for up to 3 minutes or as long as you feel possible, 

The benefits of child's pose: 

  • Stretches hips, thighs, ankles
  • Lengthens the spine, relieving neck and back pain
  • Deep breathing relaxes the mind and body
  • Relieves tension and accumulated anxiety
  • Increases circulation

Think of your body as it slowly tightens, accumulating more and more tension as you press the button for that next episode. The healthy thinker wants to break this cycle of tightening. Child's pose is an easy and fun way to do this from the comfort of your own living room. Give it a try next time the thought strikes you and see much better your body feels. To optimize every aspect of your life and change toward a more holistic and healthy back care life style, call our office in Brooklyn at to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Karen Thomas, D.C., L.Ac. 


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What Our Patients Are Saying

Dr. Burt Fletcher was injured when he fell from a horse many years ago.

"I have known Karen for 20 years. Because of her skill in alleviating musculoskeletal pain, I am one of her patients. I refer my own patients in need of chiropractic care to Dr. Thomas".
B. Fletcher, MD, Internal Medicine, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Talie is a serious triathalete who needs maximal biomechanical performance to minimize injury and enhance recovery time.

"As a personal trainer, triathalete and artist, my body is my instrument. With Dr. Thomas' care, I have worked from pain and discomfort back to optimum performance. She has helped to 'finely tune my instrument'. I highly recommend her services and refer family, friends and clients to her."
Talie M, Certified Fitness Professional, NYC

Joe and his wife tried for 6 years to have children. After only three acupuncture treatments, Gloria became pregnant. They are now the proud parents of a healthy son.

"My wife and I have been seeing Dr. Thomas for the past 3 years. We are impressed with her outstanding skill. She was able to help us with problems that no other physicians were able to address. We also appreciate Dr. Thomas' 'bedside manner'. She is always personable and accommodating. We recommend her highly."
Joseph T, General Contractor, Brooklyn

Mallory is a beauty professional and entrepreneur who maintains her general health and well-being with regular chiropractic and acupuncture care. Over the years, she has had symptoms associated with peri-menopause as well as stress.

"Dr. Thomas has been my doctor for more than seven years. She treats my body aches, yes, but she treats my mind and spirit as well. I come for treatments not only to address my symptoms but for the comprehensive health of my entire being."
Mallory R., Owner, MYR and Elementi, Park Slope

After several failed attempts, Caleb was desperate to quit smoking when he learned he was about to become a father. With his first acupuncture treatment, he stopped smoking and with the second, the urge to smoke diminished.

"After 10 years working and playing in environments conducive to smoking I quit smoking with Dr. Karen's Chinese Acupuncture treatment. She listens to her patients and she knows how to treat the underlying cause of the problem."
Caleb C, Filmmaker, New York City

Annie is a university professor who loves to run and stay active with her young family, so optimal health and keeping fit are important to her.

"Dr. Karen Thomas has hands of gold and keen skill. With this combination, she finds the trouble spots, adjusts and heals my aching body. I have crawled into her office, a body of gristle, wracked with pain and spasm, and walked out greatly relieved."
Annie H., University Professor

Directions to Dr. Thomas, Brooklyn Chiropractor & Acupuncturist's Office, Brooklyn NY, 11215

182 8th ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 398-3100
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Insurance & Payment Arrangements


Please note re Insurance Coverage:

As of March 1, 2020 Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope will NO LONGER BE IN NETWORK WITH AETNA. We will accept out-of-network plans with Aetna.

We continue to be in network with all other Major Medical plans that cover Chiropractic and/or Acupuncture care.
Community Plans (such as ObamaCare or Medicaid) do not cover Chiropractic or Acupuncture.

Temporary Notice: We are no longer taking new patients with the following insurances until we relocate to a larger office in the Spring, 2018:

Worker’s Compensation

Insurance accepted by Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture:



*Plans may vary regarding deductibles and co-payments. Please call your insurance carrier to verify the terms of your plan. Or, call our office for assistance prior to your appointment.

Insurance NOT accepted by Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture:

We are no longer in-network with United Healthcare, United Healthcare Oxford, UMR, AARP.


*Obamacare & Community Plans DO NOT COVER Chiropractic or Acupuncture treatment, therefore we do not accept these.

Please call our office for details regarding insurance coverage for services - 1(718) 398-3100.

 Dr. Karen A. Thomas



          182 8th ave.

         Brooklyn, NY 11215




Office Information for Community Chiropractic and Acupuncture, Park Slope Brooklyn 11217

182 8th Ave between Garfield Place & 1st Street
182 8th ave. Brooklyn , NY 11215
PHONE (718) 398-3100
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Office hours:

Monday. 8:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday. 8:30am - 8:00pm
Wednesday. 8:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday. 8:30am - 7:30pm
Friday. 8:00am - 7:30pm
Saturday. 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday Closed

*Dr. Thomas participates in ongoing neurology and nutrition seminars that involve at least one weekend a month away from the office. In addition, Dr. Thomas is often invited to offer court testimony as an expert witness in the fields of chiropractic and acupuncture .Dr. Thomas provides highly qualifies chiropractic associates to cover the practice in her absence.

Insurance and Payment Information

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Travel Directions

Location : We are located at 182 8th Ave between Garfield Place & 1st Street.

Our Office features:

  • Wheel chair access
  • 7 treatment room, including 5 Chiropractic tables & two dedicated Acupuncture tables
  • Cox-8 Flexion/Distraction Table for treatment of disc injuries, sciatica, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, spinal nerve compression
  • Pregnancy care right up through the 9th month. Our tables & support equipment accommodate large pregnancies with ease & comfort.
  • All Our new rooms have light dimmers, Sonos voice adjustable music for comfort and relaxation.
  • Our reception area is accommodating and relaxing with more staff to assist with appointments, insurance explanations & general questions regarding care & services

Languages Spoken:

We all speak English and...
Dr Gabe is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese
Dr Thomas speaks some Spanish but is not fluent
Yolanda, our office manager is fluent in Spanish
Steve, our front office assistant speaks some Chinese but is not fluent
Sofia, our medical biller is fluent in Russian

IMEs and Professional Services

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Independent Medical Exam (IME), Peer Review, and Professional Testimony

Dr. Karen Thomas is an experienced chiropractor and acupuncturist with more than 25 years experience performing independent examinations and peer reviews.

Dr. Thomas has been a practicing chiropractor since 1987 and has produced IME exams and reports for more than a dozen companies in New York. Dr. Thomas offers professional opinion regarding X-ray, CAT Scan, MRI, and EMG/NCV studies. She can evaluate TCM (Traditional Oriental Medicine) examination and diagnosis, acupuncture treatment protocols, and chiropractic analysis, diagnosis, and treatment plans.

Dr. Thomas is a graduate of the New York Chiropractic College and maintains a thriving private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She completed a diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology, a post-doctoral specialty, through Logan College of Chiropractic and The Carrick Institute.

In 1998, Dr. Thomas added acupuncture to her qualifications when she completed a four-year program at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. She has served as a college lecturer, teaching courses in human physiology, anatomy, medical terminology and psychology. She teaches programs on complimentary alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to pain management.

Peer Recommendation:

"Dr. Thomas has been my graduate student in neurology and completed her neurology residency under my direction. She is a talented clinician and humanist, with a superior dedication to the service of others."

- Frederick Carrick, DC, PhD, FACCN, FICC

Curriculum Vitae

182 8th ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Ph (718) 398-3100 FAX (718)398-3783
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  • Business owner in private practice as primary care doctor
  • Diplomate in chiropractic neurology and brain-based rehabilitation
  •  York York, New Jersey state licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist
  • Massachusetts, California state licensed chiropractor
  • Independent medical examiner (IME) and peer reviewer
  • Expert witness in chiropractic and acupuncture
  • Certified in manipulation under anesthesia (MUA)
  • Certified Webster and ICPA Practitioner


Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Brooklyn, NY  1987-Present
  • Owner and primary care doctor
  • Comprehensive neurological physical examination, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Professional evaluation: X-ray, CT Scans. MRI, EMG/NCV
  • Brain-based rehabilitation including exercise and nutritional evaluation
IME/Peer Reviews/Expert Witness Testimony 1987-Present
  • Expert witness in fields of chiropractic, including MUA, and acupuncture
  • Perform chiropractic and acupuncture IME’s and peer reviews
New York College of Health Professions, Manhattan, NY 2013-2015
  • Adjunct professor
  • Lecturer in kinesiology, public and holistic health
TPL Acupuncture, PLLC and
10 Points Acupuncture, PLLC, Brooklyn, NY  


  • Responsible for staff performing acupuncture treatments at multiple clinics specializing in no-fault, personal injury and workers’ compensation
ASA Institute, Brooklyn, NY   2002-2003
  • Part-time professor for community college
  • Lecturer in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and psychology
International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Albuquerque, NM 2000-2001
  • Created and led seminars in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to Pain Management
Prospect Rehabilitation Center, Brooklyn, NY 1999-2002

Valley Stream Medical, Inc, Valley Stream, NY

Diaspo Medical, Queens Village, NY

  • Performed all medically necessary acupuncture treatments for patients with pain syndromes following motor vehicle accidents, work and personal injuries


Webster and ICPA Certified   2018
Advanced Studies in Clinical Neuroscience & Brain-Based Rehabilitation   1992-Present
Manipulation Under Anesthesia Texas Chiropractic College 2009
Diploma in Acupuncture Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 1998
Certificate in Homeopathy New York Chiropractic College 1997
Practicum in Nutrition New York Chiropractic College 1994
Diplomate of Neurology Logan Chiropractic College 1993


Doctor of Chiropractic New York Chiropractic College 1987
Bachelors of Arts, Psychology Pitzer College, Claremont Schools 1976
Associates of Arts, Liberal Arts New York University 1974


New Jersey State Acupuncture License 2008 
New Jersey State Chiropractic License 2007 
New York State Acupuncture License 1998 
Massachusetts State Chiropractic License 1988 
New York State Chiropractic License 1987 
California State Chiropractic License 1987 
National Board Chiropractic License 1986 


NCCAOM 1997-Present 
American Chiropractic Association  1988-2005 
New York State Chiropractic Association  1988-1995

Treatments at Community Chiropractor and Acupuncture located in Park Slope, Brooklyn 11215
treatmentsWorking with the tools of both Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Thomas establishes a diagnosis and treatment plan designed specifically for each individual.

During each visit, primary health concerns are treated – concerns such as back pain and neck pain, organ disharmony, or emotional distress. At the same time, your goals for optimal health will be addressed by using treatments to balance your "Qi" (chi), increase nutritional awareness, modify exercise routines, and re-establish harmony of body, mind, and spirit.

Treatment plans may include a combination of the following techniques:

Many of these services are covered by insurance.

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Phone: (718) 398-3100


182 8th ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Special Office Hours

 Monday:    2:30 pm - 7:30 pm
 Tuesday:    8:30 am - 7:00 pm
 Wednesday:    9:00 am - 7:30 pm
 Thursday:    8:30 am - 7:30 pm
 Friday:    10:00 am - 7:00 pm
 Saturday:    8:30 am - 3:30 pm
 Sunday:    Closed